What is the secret to a long and healthy life?

The older you get, the more you’ll probably be concerned about this. Especially, if you have a health problem, are overweight or generally don’t feel well. Through my own research, I have found some answers I feel will help.

I have learned that there are people in Japan who live longer than most of us. This also goes for some of the seventh day adventists who live in Loma Linda, Ca. I wondered what they all had in common.

You can look at any number of factors, but I don’t think any one of them by itself is key to health and longevity. It’s all of them working together as a whole. In other words, if you eat healthy, but are depressed all the time, I don’t think that makes for best health and longer life.

Personally, I believe how I eat is the healthiest. But, you wouldn’t exactly call me a traditional ‘vegetarian or vegan’, as I do eat differently from both. Yet, how can you go wrong eating fruits and vegetables?

So, forget what you’ve been told on all the TV shows and all those commercials. They only want to sell you something. Instead, decide right now to think for yourself and do your own research.

Your quality of life and health may certainly depend upon it. Common sense is a good approach. For example…

We all know what’s not healthy to eat because the information is out there…

  • Animal products
  • A high fat diet
  • Sweets
  • Additives and preservatives
  • Snack and junk food
  • Processed and refined food
  • Fast food and restaurants
  • White bread and white flour products
  • We need to drink clean water

Living a healthy lifestyle…

  • Using drugs, medications, smoking and drinking alcohol aren’t healthy
  • Pick a career you love doing because you will be working at it quite a few years!
  • Give thanks and be grateful for what you have
  • Pursue spirituality, faith or religion
  • We need caring loving relationships
  • We need to get out into the sun
  • We need to stay physically and mentally active
  • Have hobbies or other interests separate from your job
  • Think positive rather than dwelling upon negative things all the time
  • Helping those who need help without expecting anything in return
  • Striving to become kinder and more loving, generous and selfless
  • Take time for yourself to relax (maybe, learn to meditate?) and have a good time
Dr. Ellsworth Wareham 103 year old seventh day adventist heart surgeon, health, vegetarian, long life
Dr. Ellsworth Wareham ‘103 year old seventh day Adventist heart surgeon’ and wife (photo courtesy of CNN)

There was one gentleman who I believe you should listen to for trustworthy practical advice on ‘how to live longer and remain in good health’. Listen to experience from someone who lives by his own advice.

He’s a retired heart surgeon, and also I believe a seventh day Adventist. A discussion with the centenarian doctor

Note- before you change your diet talk to your doctor.

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